How To Install Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Did you know that the bigger the house the more alarm detectors you need? How about the different kind of smoke detectors and their technology?

How to Install Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Lou Manfredini explains the best locations for each alarm, how many you should have, and which detector is best for your family.


Which Is Right For My Home

There are two types of smoke detector technologies on the market, Ionization and Photoelectric.
Ionization detectors sense flaming fires more quickly. While Photoelectric detects smoldering fires more quickly. However, it is important to have both in the home.

Where To Put Them

Ideally, you should have a smoke detector on every level of the house, including the basement. It is recommended to place your detectors at the top of each stairway, outside, and inside the bedrooms. Now, whether your hang them on the wall or on the ceiling, that depends on which type you buy. Be sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations on where to place.
Be sure not to place them near anything that will interfere with their sensing. Do not place near a furnace, heating appliance, anything that exudes humidity or excess moister, or near windows and vents.
How To Install
Installing an alarm is easy. Most alarms already come with a mounting rack. Screw in your mounting rack, insert battery, and screw on to the mount. It is that easy.

Final Tips

  • Test Monthly - Each detector has a test button right on top.
  • Replace batteries every 6 months.
  • Lithium batteries last 8-10 years.
  • Replace CO Detectors every 5 years.
  • Replace your smoke alarms every 8-10 years.
Published: 1/22/2020